Switzerland seeking direct talks to resolve standoff over Iran

Switzerland's president has confirmed her country's role in seeking direct negotiations between Iran and the US. President Micheline Calmy-Rey told the weekly newspaper NZZ am Sonntag that Switzerland is seeking to facilitate direct talks, saying that the Alpine nation's neutrality puts it in a key position to mediate the standoff over Teheran's nuclear program. "It is a fact that the ... big powers have so far been unable to prevent Iran from pursuing uranium enrichment," she said in an interview published Sunday, her first public comments about Switzerland's role.